Thanks to the wonderful photographer Annie Leibovitz, and the folk over at Vanity Fair, we’ve now have an amazing new set of behind-the-scenes photos and video from the new Star Wars film – Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
First up is a decent look at Captain Phasma, as played by Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie (aka Brienne of Tarth). The new character is probably a villain in the new film as she’s part of the ‘First Order’ which are the new bad guys. Plus, no matter how shiny you make it, that’s still a Stormtrooper outfit, and as a general rule, they aren’t usually all that good.
Next is The hot-shot rebel X-wing pilot Poe Dameron as played by Oscar Isaac. Described as “the best fricken pilot in the galaxy…” I’m sure a certain Mr. Solo may take umbrage with that remark… 😉
This one show’s the guys at ILM employing some of the same face capturing techniques that were used on Avatar to track the facial movements of 50 Years A Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o, as her performance is captured to bring life to the pirate Maz Kanata.
Here we have a rather nifty group shot showing some of the various ne’er-do-wells and dodgy characters hanging around Maz Kanata’s castle (because this is Star Wars, and if you’re a space pirate, of course you have a castle!)…
First shot of Adam Driver without the mask as Kylo Ren (booo hisss), the new bad guy. Also a good look at the new smoother Snow Trooper outfits which are looking rather nifty.
Here we have JJ giving direction to Daisy Ridley as Rey flies her rather awesome and monstrous looking speeder through the a marketplace on Jakku.
Ahh, the people that make it happen. The legend that is John Williams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, and of course the director & co-writer JJ Abrams. Notice the rather cool posters on the wall behind them at their LA office.
And the last photo – The cover shot for Vanity Fair – Han, Chewie, Rey, Finn and BB-8.
If all that wasn’t enough… How about a video!
First thing I should say, is this shouldn’t be confused with the SyFy TV show Continuum… Or the Stargate movie Stargate: Continuum. In fact the movie when it had it’s American cinema release was call ‘I’ll Follow You Down’, which i’ll admit, isn’t the best title, but it’s a damn sight less confusing. I’m sure the idea was to give the film a more scifi title, but they could have picked something that wasn’t already in use by 2 established tv franchises!
So, with that out of the way, back to the review…
The film stars follow the story of a married couple, Marika (Gillian Anderson – X-Files, The Fall) & Gabriel (Rufus Sewell – The Holiday, A Knight’s Tale), and their young son Erol (John Paul Ruttan – Robocop, Murdoch Mysteries). The family head to the airport to see off Gabriel to give a physics lecture at a conference, and all seems fine. That is until they come to pick him up a few day’s later, and he’s not on the plane, not answering his phone, and no one can find him. Skip forward 12 years, Erol has grown into The Sixth Sense’s Haley Joel Osment, and he’s managed for his life to continued on. However, Marika has never got over not knowing what happened to him, and has been battling depression over the loss. It’s not until Erol’s grandfather (Victor Garber – Alias, The Flash), who is also a physic’s professor, reveals he think’s he knows what happened to Erol’s father, and it relates to some ground breaking research Gabriel was working on… and that he might still be alive… Although to reach him, they may have to destroy everything they know, and change the past to bring him back.
If you’re looking for some big sci-fi epic, this really isn’t it. Although their are sci-fi elements to the story, the real focus here is on whether Erol is prepared to sacrifice everything to bring his father back. Writer/Director Richie Mehta has a fairly laid back style and produces a movie which is interesting, but could have done with a little more bite to it. The main plot points are somewhat predictable, and serve as a catalyst to push Erol towards finding his father. It might have been rather more interesting had he had to make more moral choices, rather than fate pushing him towards the inevitable goal. The cast give solid performances all around, and Osment in particular proves that he’s lost none of the skill that one him the Oscar nomination all those years ago.
For me it’s a film that’s solidly performed and directed, but could maybe have done with a little more tension and a little less predictable script. Not a bad movie, and worth watching if you’re a fan of the actors involved, or you’re looking for something to view on a Saturday night in.
7/10 – Solid enough film, a bit let down by the script.
Prepare to be really REALLY excited! JJ Abrams official trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is here, and it’s rocks!
Can’t say anymore right now… Too busy jumping up and down with excitement! 😀
Science Fiction is a genre filled with futuristic settings, extraterrestrial beings, horror, thrills and so much more. Since the 1968 landmark: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Sci-Fi films have been extremely popular and respected in the film industry. Coming up, the 2014 BFI London Film Festival is showcasing 5 Sci-Fi films that represent many different creative aspects of the genre.
Directed by Oliver Blackburn (Donkey Punch,) this university- thriller follows the style of Scream 2 and The Dorm that Dripped Blood, proving that the college campus is still as terrifying a set as ever. Justine (Hayley Bennett) plays a girl peacefully spending the Thanksgiving Break at school with only the campus security keeping her company, until a gang of teen-thirsty outcasts threaten the halls. Bennett gives a strong performance as a girl fighting for her life in this original twist on a traditional horror style film.
MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT
In Monsters: Dark Continent, first-time feature director Tom Green has expanded Gareth Edwards’ universe from 2010’s film Monsters into the Middle East. Seven years after the alien infestation of squid-like creatures to the Earth there are quarantined infestation zones all over the world. Noah (Johnny Harris) and his fellow American military forces find themselves fighting off extra-terrestrials while also defending themselves from local insurgents. This sequel respects Monsters social comment and combines realism with spectacle.
Highly imaginative and troubled Sam (Maurice Luyten) stumbles upon a tree house during a Cub Scout camping trip that sets him on a mission to uncover the truth about the creatures surrounding them in the forest. The boys soon discover that the rumoured werewolves are the least of their concerns as their childhood nightmares become reality. Horror and Sci-Fi fans will love director Jonas Govaert’s modern-fairytale and his frequent nods to fright films from the past.
Following the long standing ‘sexually active teenager meets death’ theme, David Robert Mitchell’s film is a fresh and stimulating take on skewed morals slashers like Halloween. The movie follows 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe) as she begins to experience strange visions and a sense she is being followed after having an exploratory sexual encounter. Terrified, she must find a way to put an end to her curse. The film provokes and terrifies equally.
JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD
Adapted from Christopher Barzak’s acclaimed 2007 novel One for Sorrow, Carter Smith’s coming of age tale is an unexpected and unconventional ghost story. When the naked body of Jamie Mark is found abandoned by a local river, his classmate Adam (Cameron Monaghan) becomes fascinated with the death of the high school pariah. He forges a relationship with Gracie, who discovered Jamie’s body, and becomes determined to help Jamie find peace in the afterlife. The film touches on sexual identity, loss, loneliness and isolation and is a melancholy but visually ravishing chiller.
BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE 8 – 19 OCTOBER
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In the last couple of week, a few little bits have dropped regarding the first of the new Star Wars ‘spin-off’ movies, which will fill the gaps between Star Wars VII, VIII and IX releases.
The latest news is Josh Trank, director of the 2015’s Fantastic Four reboot (starring Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan) and Chronicle is to helm the 2nd of the spin offs. Last month it was announced that Godzilla and Monsters director Gareth Edwards would be directing the 1st spin off movie.
Still no news on what exactly the spin off’ will focus on, but I’d be amazed if one of the earlier ones isn’t a a Boba Fett movie, although the other 2 rumoured possibilities are a Han Solo movie, or a Yoda movie.
What most people seem to have glossed over though is that the 1st spin off is being written by the legend that is Gary Whitta… ‘Who?’ you may ask… Whitta is a former editor-in-chief of both PC Gamer US and UK, as well as screenwriter of The Book of Eli, and the writer of the truly brilliant The Walking Dead: The Game.
I’ve been a fan of Whitta’s work since his PC Gamer days, plus I loved Edwards’s Monsters (not yet got to Godzilla), so I’m really interested to see what the pair come up with.